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  #2550056 26-Aug-2020 15:09
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"Trump’s Fights Are Their Fights. They Have His Back Unapologetically."

 

 

DiAnna Schenkel is a law school graduate who once ran on the Democratic ticket for her city council. She voted twice for Barack Obama. A 59-year-old suburbanite in North Carolina, she worries about her Black son-in-law being racially profiled by the police, pulled over and beaten or worse.

 

The portrait of a Biden voter?

 

No, Ms. Schenkel, who is white, is a confirmed supporter of Donald J. Trump. She voted for him enthusiastically four years ago after becoming disillusioned with the Obama presidency, and plans to vote for his re-election. At the same time, she is wary of expressing her politics openly because she believes that stereotypes of what she calls “Trumpers” like herself, as portrayed on social media and in conversations, are smug and spiteful.

 

“There’s so many people throwing down really inflammatory words: Racist. Xenophobic,” she said of the way people regard Trump supporters. “And these inflammatory words carry emotions. It just pivots people to where they’re not going to even tolerate someone for supporting that person. You’re automatically put on trial and you have to testify why you believe what you believe.”

 

As Mr. Trump takes center stage at the Republican National Convention this week, he maintains a core of rock-solid supporters like Ms. Schenkel who believe he is fighting in America’s best interests and has achieved many of his goals — which are their goals too. He has aggressively cultivated these voters over the last few months with scathing criticism of vandalism that has occasionally arisen from mostly peaceful protests calling for racial justice, and by boasting that, pre-coronavirus, he had built an economy second to none.

 

For Democrats and many independents, Mr. Trump has shattered the norms of presidential behavior with racist tweets and divisive policies; his use of federal agencies to advance his personal interests; and, perhaps most important, his detachment from managing the pandemic, which has killed more than 175,000 Americans.

 

The revulsion toward the president that his opponents feel has colored how many regard Mr. Trump’s supporters. Portrayals of his base, these supporters say, are often distilled into a caricature: that they are all white bigots, in thrall to an authoritarian leader and lost in a fog of fact-denial.

 

In lengthy interviews over the last several weeks, a cross-section of Trump voters said they believed he had succeeded on issues like hardening the Southern border, appointing conservative judges, taking on China and putting “America first.” Many said the president’s grievances were their grievances, too. They believed kneeling during the national anthem was un-American, and they were appalled at what they viewed as liberals’ minimizing of violence that at times grew out of the protests over the killing of George Floyd.

 

At the same time, Trump voters dismissed as irrelevant aspects of the president’s behavior that critics say make him historically unfit for office. All politicians lie, many said; as for the president’s suggestion that he might not accept the election results, supporters said voters should judge his actions, not his loose talk or tweets.

 

“I didn’t vote for Trump because I wanted him to be my best friend,” Ms. Schenkel said. “I wanted to make a change and a difference.”

 

“If he thinks it’s the right thing, he doesn’t care who’s going to get mad at him,” she added. “I think he’s very misunderstood.”

 

A longtime resident of Minnesota, Ms. Schenkel moved with her husband last year to North Carolina to be closer to their grandchildren. She found work using her law degree in a bank loan department, while her husband babysits.

 

She grades the president highly on having met his promises, including slowing the flow of undocumented immigrants and building a strong economy before the virus struck.

 

Other Trump supporters outlined myriad reasons for wanting to re-elect him, ranging from the pragmatic, like a new job made possible by the administration’s policies, to a gut-level attraction to his hard-nosed personality. His supporters related “aha” moments in their upbringing when they realized they were conservatives, which they spoke of as nonnegotiable beliefs woven into their identity, like opposition to abortion.

 

Joseph Karlovich of Jacksonville, Fla. is also a former Obama voter who abandoned the Democrats for Mr. Trump. Mr. Karlovich, 33, an engineer, explained that he was working for a government contractor on a Navy missile system in 2015 when the news cycle became consumed with Hillary Clinton’s private email server, which had held some classified information.

 

He takes the president’s bullying outbursts and lying with a grain of salt. “He’s selling a pitch, for the most part,” he said. “My dad’s a salesman. For me, it’s the same with all politicians. They’re trying to get you to buy in, and you have to do your own research.”

 

When Shelley Taylor was 17 in rural Ohio, she crossed a teachers’ picket line at her high school and told the school board the teachers were selfishly depriving seniors of credits they needed to graduate. Supporters of the teachers boycotted her parents’ hardware store, she recalled. The episode shaped her political identity as a conservative.

 

Now a resident of Deltona, Fla., Ms. Taylor, 59, still considers herself outspoken, and she was drawn in four years ago by that same quality in Mr. Trump. “I liked how he was very straight up,” she said. “I laughed at his demeanor. I thought, all right, we got a guy here who’s going to whoop some butt on these politicians.”

 

Ms. Taylor believes the president’s enemies, including Democrats who she says behave like “spoiled little kids,” have tried to undermine him from Day 1. Among the developments she said were being manipulated to damage the president are the coronavirus outbreak and the protests after the death of Mr. Floyd, a Black man killed in the custody of white police officers in Minneapolis.

 

“We’ve had more cops gun down white people than Black people,” she said. “Do we throw a fit if a white guy gets killed by the cops? No.”

 

“I’m not racist,” she said. “I’m not. I have all kinds of friends. There’s good cops and there’s bad cops, I see that. We just need to weed them out. I think this George Floyd incident got escalated to be ridiculous.”

 

“He was doing such a great job,” Ms. Taylor said of the president. “They couldn’t impeach him. Everything was going good and wham, all of a sudden, we got a freaking virus.”

 

Ms. Taylor and others blamed the news media’s coverage of the virus, complaining that the media is being hypocritical when it condemns unmasked crowds in bars but not unmasked protesters in Portland and Seattle. They echoed a Gallup poll from March that showed Republicans’ trust in the media’s response to the pandemic was lower than for any institution.

 





 

 

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  #2550110 26-Aug-2020 15:46
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The following is merely my feelings about this. I hope I am absolutely incorrect. I am not really seeking a debate just stating how I feel.
I don’t believe that any outcome in the November election can stop utter chaos in the United States. I wont matter if Trump or Biden wins the country is so badly divided that either outcome is going to be widely opposed and filled with suspicion. The divide down racial, ethnic, religious and political lines is so deep and so wide that avoiding violence and chaos is unavoidable. This unfortunately will not just affect the Americas the affects will be felt globally.

The US November will face a crisis as they did in April 1861 that will change the course of their nation. Spill over will be hard to avoid. The impact of this will see the globe experience not one anus horribilis but several.

 
 
 
 


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  #2550203 26-Aug-2020 17:48
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Trump Jr. Coked Out During RNC Speech?!

The Damage Report

Was Donald Trump Jr. Coked out during his RNC speech?


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  #2550210 26-Aug-2020 17:59
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Information about video

Trump's Cocaine Convention - Don Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle and more Screaming in Lincoln Project Ad

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Conservative anti Trump Super PAC group the Lincoln Project's new ad, based totally on footage from the Republican National Convention


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  #2550212 26-Aug-2020 18:08
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  #2550216 26-Aug-2020 18:19
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freitasm:

Ms. Schenkel, who is white, is a confirmed supporter of Donald J. Trump. She voted for him enthusiastically four years ago after becoming disillusioned with the Obama presidency, and plans to vote for his re-election.

 

 

The Verband nationaldeutscher Juden was a Jewish organisation that supported Hitler (they believed his antisemitism was just for show). You can always dig up support for someone in unexpected quarters if you look hard enough. That's why you look at overall evidence, not individual anecdotes.

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  #2550303 26-Aug-2020 19:39
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Eric Trump didn't feel talkative before a New York probe, on the same day he spoke at the Republican National Convention.

NBC: N.Y. Attorney General Asks Judge to Order Eric Trump’s Testimony, After Trump Pleads The Fifth Amendment

The New York State attorney general’s office has asked a judge to order Eric Trump to provide testimony under oath and the Trump Organization to hand over documents about four Trump properties it is investigating, asserting the company has stalled the inquiry for months, court papers show.

Mr. Trump, who is President Trump’s son and the executive vice president of the company, abruptly canceled an interview under oath with the attorney general’s office last month, and last week the Trump Organization told the office that the company and its lawyers would not comply with seven subpoenas related to the investigation.The filings in State Supreme Court in Manhattan come as President Trump faces legal actions on several fronts. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has suggested in court filings that it is investigating possible bank and insurance fraud by the president and the Trump Organization.

The attorney general, Letitia James, started the civil inquiry in March 2019 after President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, told Congress, that the president had inflated his assets in financial statements to banks when he was seeking loans and had understated them to reduce his real estate taxes.

The office initially subpoenaed records from two of the Trump Organization’s lenders, Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank, seeking loan records for four of the company’s big projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills of the N.F.L. in 2014.

The Trump Organization at first provided some information and sought to forestall the attorney general from seeking a similar court order eight months ago, after the company failed to turn over information on a particular property.

But more recently, the attorney general’s office said, the Trump Organization had stalled and stonewalled, according to the filings, some of which were sealed.
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  #2550308 26-Aug-2020 19:45
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  #2550366 26-Aug-2020 21:16
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"US TV host Tomi Lahren's praise of Trump backfires in Hindi" (the one who wanted to come to New Zealand to talk up her extreme right-wing views)...

 

 

American TV host Tomi Lahren may have accidently called US President Donald Trump an idiot in Hindi.

 

"President Trump is wise like an owl, or as you say in Hindi, wise like an ullu," she said translating the phrase into an insult.

 

In popular perception "ullu", the Hindi word for owl, has come to be associated with someone who's an idiot or not very bright.

 

The video, which has been widely shared, has amused social media users.

 

In Hindu religion, the owl is depicted as the carrier of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Many believe that the bird is associated with the divine.

 

They point out that the bird stands for stealth and wisdom, but in common parlance, owls are associated with foolishness or idiocy.

 





 

 

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  #2550381 26-Aug-2020 21:38
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She's also the idiot on Fox who said she's more scared about being stung by a hatpin (I think?) than catching coronavirus. Yep, real intelligence right there.


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  #2550386 26-Aug-2020 21:47
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She's not the usual Trump bulls**t barbie, she does have a brain, it's just unfortunate that she mostly uses it to push the wrong things. I have some respect for her for doing an interview with Trevor Noah, and she held up well there.

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  #2550489 27-Aug-2020 09:27
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Trump fiddles while America burns.


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  #2550500 27-Aug-2020 09:43
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SJB:  Trump fiddles while America burns.

 



 





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  #2550688 27-Aug-2020 13:38
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The Washington Post - Republicans are lying about Biden and hoping voters are ignorant enough to believe them

 

today

 


TRAILING IN the polls, and with no tangible agenda for a second term, President Trump is doing his best to tear down Democratic nominee Joe Biden. ...

 

Mr. Biden, it’s said, will be controlled by the Democratic left; he will raise taxes; he will be too soft on China. ...

 

The Trump campaign is attempting to portray Mr. Biden and his family as neck-deep in corruption, based on allegations that have repeatedly been demonstrated to be false. 

 

In effect, the Republicans accuse the former vice president of secretly doing what Mr. Trump has accomplished overtly during the past three years - using his office to enrich himself and his family. ...

 



 





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  #2550718 27-Aug-2020 14:38
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The Washington Post - Republicans are lying about Biden and hoping voters are ignorant enough to believe them

 

 

It's what Fox News, or at least the political-reporting side, does every day, invent whatever they need to stoke right-wing outrage and keep 'em coming back for more. So I'd imagine it would be quite effective with Republicans, if they buy it every day from Fox they'll buy it just as readily from the RNC.

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